Tuesday, 19 March 2013

First Design Team Project for 'eclectic Paperie'

Thought It was about time I shared the first design team project I made for the eclectic Paperie    'eTeam'. I've been so busy in my 'other' life lately, I've had very little time to up date my blog.    Kim from eclectic Paperie very kindly sent me the fabulous Tim Holtz Industrial Blue Print stamps to have a play with and this is what I came up with.
 It started life as a size 8 tag and gradually grew into a card ! How did that happen? Let me explain.. the first step was to colour the tag with a generous coating of Picket Fence Distress Stain. Once this was dry I stamped over the surface with the gears stamp in Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I also added the light rays using an old favourite stamp from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge set.
 I then stamped the light bulb twice, on a sheet of acetate with black Staz On. I gave the stamped image a little colour with Butterscotch Alcohol Ink. If you have a go at this, be sure to apply the ink on the opposite side to the stamping otherwise your image will disappear before your very eyes, just as my first attempt did when I wasn't concentrating !
 Next stop was to cut a few gears. I used the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets set, and cut them from manila card, which I coloured with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. I also coloured a few Alterations gears with Snow Cap white Paint Dabber and added a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink once they were dry.
 I wrote the words on a separate piece of card, in a kind of Tim Holtz Blueprint style, using a Faded Jeans Distress Marker. I then cut them out and mounted them on some dimensional pads. Once all the elements were prepared, I started to assemble the tag. I attached the first light bulb with transparent double sided tape and then added the second bulb on top bending it slightly to add a more 3 dimensional look.There's just a little tape at the top and bottom leaving the middle free. Here's a side view.
Once the tag was finished I pondered for a while and had my own 'light bulb moment'  ahaa! this tag wants to be a card. I thought this would be a good one for the man in my life who's birthday's in May, he also works in industry so it's a perfect subject.  After looking through my stash for some suitable card, I found my Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper. I selected a piece which had some technical drawings on, which I goes well with the industrial theme. I coloured it with Picket Fence Distress Stain, and edged it with a little Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Finally I mounted this onto a piece of blue card which I stamped with the gears stamp around the edges,using Picket Fence Distress Paint. I had a slight camera malfunction as the battery expired before I was able to take some pics of the background. Note to self: charge battery before starting a project !! I hope you are inspired to have a go with a bit of Blue Print Stamping. As well as stocking the products I used featured below, Kim  has just taken delivery of a whole heap of the latest arrivals from Stamper's Anonymous. I'm heading over to the eclectic Paperie shop now to start compiling my wish list!x


  1. Hi Toni, I do love the blueprint stamps and I love your fabulous card too - great light bulb moment as well.

  2. Fabulous tag/card Toni! Love those stamps your lightbulb is fantastic!!!Great papers & background... Hugs May x x x

  3. Massive round of applause on your post. LOVE that lightbulb! What a clever way to create/layer it. Can't wait to see what else you come up with and so pleased to see you in the spotlight where you should be. Hugs, Jenny xx

  4. Hi Toni, Great tag card, I love that light bulb, very clever! Hugs Mo x